The school year can be an overwhelming time for parents and kids alike. In addition to staying on top of your kid’s school schedule, after school activities, homework and school supply list, you have to tackle their ongoing food requests for lunch. It's not an easy task to find foods your kids will want to eat that are also at least mostly healthy. 

If we let our kids pick all the foods that go into their lunchbox each day for school, it would probably look something like this:

  1. PB+J Sandwich
  2. Chips
  3. Cookies
  4. Fruit Snacks
  5. Granola Bar
  6. Juice Box

Does that list look and sound familiar? It might sound ok, but if you pack your kids a lunch with these foods you are probably delivering between 50-75 grams of sugar to your kids in one meal! (that's more than they should eat in three days!)

Do the trips down each aisle at the grocery store feel like a mile long with your kids pulling sugar-filled cereal boxes off the shelf, grabbing bags of chips, and boxes of cookies? We’ve been there, done that! As parents we want the best for our kids. We want them to grow up healthy and happy. We also want to make sure that we provide them with the proper nutrition to ensure they are alert and prepared in the classroom, not sluggish and tired. 

Here are some great ways to make common lunchbox meals healthier -- without all the added sugars and high fats in processed foods.

 

PB+J Sandwich

There are a lot of great organic, all-natural nut butters (almond, cashew) with no added sugars that provide a terrific alternative to mass-produced peanut butter. In addition, there are all-fruit spreads that are low-sugar alternatives to the traditional jams and jellies they might be used to eating. Consider looking for gluten-free bread options too; your kids might not even notice a difference!

 

Chips

If kale chips are a bit too far off from your kid’s favorite nacho flavored tortilla chip, have you tried roasting chickpeas? These little round beans are a terrific source of protein, have a perfect crunch when roasted, and satisfy the salty craving when tossed with sea salt. You could even try dusting them with a nacho or taco seasoning to mimic their favorite flavor combo. And if your little one is a bit older and likes spice, sprinkle them with some red chili flakes. These are so tasty you’ll want to make extras just for you to snack on too. There are some nice packaged snacks in stores now made from ingredients like chickpeas that would be a definite improvement to the usual chip.

 

Cookies 

From those traditional black and white sandwich cookies to homemade chocolate chip cookies, a sweet ending to anyone’s lunch is always appreciated. Instead of opting for these high-sugar and high-fat cookies, try making cookies, brownies, or loafs that substitute sugar with an all-natural applesauce and/or substitute butter with avocado. You can even add in yummy and good-for-you ingredients like oats, blueberries, bananas, and even carrots or zucchini. Your kids won’t believe you hid vegetables in their cookies.   You can also consider nutrition bars that taste like candy bars, but have low sugar and healthy ingredients like Truth Bars

 
Fruit Snacks 

Fruit, in general, is usually relatively high in sugar. However, fruit is a good source of fiber and water. There’s no doubt that a fresh piece of fruit is better than any processed sugary gummy version that likely has both artificial flavors and colors. Fruit snacks can be particularly tricky -- they're called 'fruit' snacks, so they sound healthy, right? Most fruit snacks have about the same nutrition as candy. If your kids are adamantly opposed to fresh fruit, then opting for naturally dried version might satisfy the chewy, or gummy, texture they crave. There are also several all-natural fruit leathers on the market that you might consider if the dried fruit isn’t a hit with your kids either.


Granola Bars 

The granola bar and snack bar market is flooded with options. Here is a great article on how to find low sugar snack bar options that your kids are sure to love. You also might want to consider making your own granola bars with your kids. This gives them a chance to use some of their favorite ingredients, while you monitor the others. Yes, they can even add chocolate chips, just in moderation. 


Juice Box 

Plain, filtered water is always the best drink choice for your kids. However, fruit juice, soda, energy drinks, and other sugary alternatives seem to be the drink of choice of many young kids. If you want to provide flavored drink options, perhaps consider the naturally flavored waters on the market today; even the carbonated versions. These are great alternatives to the sugary juice box (even organic versions), pack a great flavor punch, and typically come in at zero calories. You want to avoid any drinks that contain artificial flavors and colors.

 

Here are some additional lunchbox alternatives to consider:

Edamame

Some kids refuse to eat vegetables. Peas and carrots – nope. Broccoli – nope. Green beans – nope. Sound familiar? As a parent you want them to try something, anything that’s green, right? Try buying a bag of organic, frozen in-the-shell edamame. You toss the bag in your microwave for approximately 4 minutes (read the directions on the bag for your particular microwave) and you have a fun, easy to eat, delicious “bean.” These can make lunchtime more interactive and colorful!

 

Fruit Kabobs

Presentation can be everything. If something looks colorful and fun, your kids might be more willing to eat it! Instead of tossing a banana or apple into their lunchbox, try making fruit kabobs on a (non-sharp) stick or skewer. Slide on grapes, pineapple, strawberries, banana, pears, or whatever might be in season. Get creative! You might even consider making them with your kids, its fun and may make them more likely to eat them.

Fruit Kabobs

Use cookie cutters

Instead of offering your kid a traditional square sandwich, use an animal shaped cookie cutter to make eating more fun. You can even use cookie cutters on fruit – pineapple and watermelon are perfect – or even cheese. Give them a dinosaur sandwich with a flower bouquet of fruit and/or cheese.

 

Savory waffles

Here’s a fun option for a kid that may not like sandwiches. There are terrific high-protein, gluten-free pancake and waffle mixes available at your grocery store. Instead of making a sweet waffle, opt for pizza flavors, or ham and cheese. Slice the waffle into sticks, add a cup of marinara sauce or ranch dressing for dipping and they have a delicious, interactive, fun lunch to enjoy!

 

Bento box

Instead of purchasing the overpriced, high-in-salt, meat, cheese, cracker options available in the refrigerator section of your market, make your own. Buy high-quality, low sodium meats at the deli, choose organic multigrain crackers, find a good reduced fat cheese, and store them in a multi-sectioned container.

11 Healthier Lunch Box Options

 

Healthier Rice Crispy Treats  

There are some kids favorites that we all remember from childhood that can definitely be made healthier.  For example, instead of the usual rice crispy treat, try swapping out ingredients for a still-yummy but healthier version.  For example, this healthier peanut butter crispy treat recipe swaps out white rice crisps with gluten-free brown rice puffs.  

 

Here's to healthier lunches!





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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS:

What is a Prebiotic?

Prebiotics come from plants, usually root plants that contain a lot of fiber and feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics?

Probiotics alone cannot grow without a healthy gut to support them. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced microbiome.

 

How much inulin is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g

How much MCT Oil is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 4.5g MCT/bar
Mint Chocolate Chip: 0.5g MCT/bar
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 0.5g MCT/bar

These are approximate amounts based on estimate of 60% MCT present in coconut oil, and 65% oil in coconut.

What is the percentage of “prebiotic - probiotic"?

Using approximate inulin amounts:

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g prebiotic to 1 Billion CFU probiotics
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics

What is the strain of probiotic in the lactoSpore?

Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has exceptional and lengthy studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastro intestinal issues, bloating, diahhrea and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Questions about SWEETENERS:

What is erythritol derived from?

Erythritol is derived from NON-GMO corn as a fermented sugar alcohol with GRAS status from the FDA.

What is the ratio of sweeteners? (Tapioca / Erythritol / Stevia)

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 6.5g / 3.2g / 0.02g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 11.0g / 3.3g / 0.02g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 11.0g / 2.5g / 0.02g

 

Questions about COMMON INGREDIENT CONCERNS:

Are Truth Bars Vegan?

We have created both Vegan and Non-Vegan bars. Two of our flavors are Vegan and two are Non-Vegan. Our Chocolate Dipped Coconut and Chocolate Dipped Raspberry bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.

Our Chocolate Almond Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein and whey isolate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein. Our balanced mix of fiber and protein results in two meal replacement bars that provide all the BCAAs needed for proper muscle development.

Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?

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Is there soy in Truth Bars?

Soy based lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in dark chocolates. However, they are are serious consumer concerns over soy that we have taken very seriously. In order to protect and promote overall health the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of both soy and sugar. 

Other Questions:

Where can I find a full list of ingredients?

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Another place to find info would be our ingredient's page, which outlines each of our key ingredients and their benefits.

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